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El Sol de la Sierra Junio 9 2022

Forest Fire Prevention is Better (en ESPAÑOL) with Amigos…of the Inyo!

We translated the stricter seasonal fire restrictions reported in the Inyo National Forest & Bureau of Land Management’s June 3 press release for the benefit of our Spanish-speaking neighbors in the Eastern Sierra, and included this life-saving information in our monthly column, “Amigos de Nuestras Tierras” (“Friends of Our Lands”), in Spanish-language weekly El Sol de la Sierra. It is on the front page of this week’s (June 9 – 15) issue. Read and download it here—or better yet, pick up a printed copy of the paper FREE in businesses throughout Inyo and Mono Counties. Help us spread the word by…


The June 2022 Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s E-Newsletter, ‘The Juniper,’ reads like a celebration of Thanksgiving in Summer – So much to be thankful for!

This month, take a look at our “Pine Nuts Impact Report” for 2021, meet our Trail Ambassadors and learn about volunteering opportunities coming up in June and July through our Stewardship Program, see a photo of the new truck in our fleet – a purchase made possible thanks to your generous giving – and more! Happy reading…and if you like what you read, happy sharing!


A Recap of our Dark Desert Skies Campout (May 20-22)

For me, Friends of the Inyo’s Dark Desert Skies Campout (May 20-22) was just as much about all we can see under Daytime Desert Skies! By Kayla Browne, Desert Lands Organizer  Friends of the Inyo had a wonderful group of friends come out to learn more about dark skies and the beauty of Conglomerate Mesa and Centennial Flat over our three-day Dark Desert Skies Campout event that began with an educational evening at the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine. On Friday evening, May 20, we premiered “Island in the Sky,” a short film produced by Patagonia about…

Photo from Jean about volunteer cleanup in Mammoth

Volunteering, Hiking, Learning: Summer Is Always Better with Friends…of the Inyo!

Friends of the Inyo’s Summer Stewardship Program is Off to a “HOT” Start! By Alex Ertaud, Stewardship Director (Middle-Right in photo) As the days grow longer and the last remaining bits of snow melt away, it can only mean one thing: Friends of the Inyo’s Summer Stewardship Season is upon us!  Our Stewardship Team spent the month of May getting ready for the exciting summer season we have ahead of us. We’re thrilled to announce that we are able to staff each Ranger District of the National Forests of the Eastern Sierra with a dedicated Trail Ambassador (TA) this year….

ELD May 2022

The latest issue of ‘Every Last Drop,’ the Newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition is here

The latest issue of Every Last Drop, the official E-newsletter of the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition, provides an excellent read on how the adequate provision of water to a landscape as engineered by nature itself, is a great way to lessen the possibilities of wildfires in the Eastern Sierra’s dry summer season. During the ongoing drought, we need Long Valley to remain watered – not parched by excessive extraction from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Happy reading….Happy sharing!

2021 Pine Nuts Cover

Friends of the Inyo’s ‘Pine Nuts’ Annual Impact Report for 2021 Details What Your Investment in Conservation Helped Us Accomplish Last Year!

Pine nuts, a high-energy food, helped sustain Native peoples of the Eastern Sierra through the winter. Friends of the Inyo’s Annual Impact Report is named thus to acknowledge the support of our donors and funders, whose generosity sustains our work of protecting and caring for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. With much gratitude, we invite you to take a look at a brief overview of what your dollars (your “pine nuts”) invested in local conservation helped up accomplish in 2021. Happy reading…Happy sharing!

Spring 2022 JPJ Cover

The Spring 2022 Issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Biannual Magazine, The Jeffrey Pine Journal, is Hot off the Press!

The latest issue of Friends of the Inyo’s Jeffrey Pine Journal, now in its twentieth year, features timely conservation-related topics such as fire management, wayward balloon litter in nature, the 30×30 Initiative to conserve 30 percent of our public lands and coastal waters by 2030, and more. Click on the image above or this link to access and download a pdf version. Happy reading! Please remember that you can get a hard copy of the Jeffrey Pine Journal delivered to your home twice a year, in Spring and Fall, as one of the perks of membership with Friends of the…


Listen to FOI Executive Director Wendy Schneider in a recent installment of ‘The Oxygen Starved Podcast’

In a recent conversation with “The Oxygen Starved Podcast” hosts Mono County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stacey Adler and Mono County Free Library Director Christopher Platt, Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director Wendy Schneider talks about public land stewardship and protection, leadership, family and more. Take a listen. Begin at min. 32 of the podcast. Happy listening…And if you like what you hear, happy sharing!